- to die under water or other liquid of suffocation.
- to kill by submerging under water or other liquid.
- to destroy or get rid of by, or as if by, immersion: He drowned his sorrows in drink.
- to flood or inundate.
- to overwhelm so as to render inaudible, as by a louder sound (often followed by out).
- to add too much water or liquid to (a drink, food, or the like).
- to slake (lime) by covering with water and letting stand.
- drown in,
- to be overwhelmed by: The company is drowning in bad debts.
- to be covered with or enveloped in: The old movie star was drowning in mink.
Origin of drown
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Examples from the Web for drowning
A: Well, I felt more or less like I was drowning, just gasping between life and death.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
They want to hear, even as smaller artists are just dying to be heard, drowning in the streams.Taylor Swift Dumps Spotify, Igniting Turf War Between Spotify and Apple
November 4, 2014
California died in 1997 while rescuing his son from drowning in Hawaii.‘No Stairway, Denied!’ Led Zeppelin Lawsuit Winds on Down the Road
October 22, 2014
Dr. Neal is a spine surgeon who made a trip to heaven while drowning in a kayak accident in South America.Book Bag: Reading Your Way Out Of Grief
October 16, 2014
They even alleged that some of the Sunni Muslims they killed were “drowning” in alcohol and drugs and had more than four wives.ISIS’s Gruesome Muslim Death Toll
October 7, 2014
Only in the cafes there is a clamor of voices and a drowning of care.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
And I don't mind your drowning sorrow in the flowing bowl, either.The Bacillus of Beauty
"It's a drowning man's straw," he said, a little breathlessly.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
"And there's a third reason why I wish to be away," went on Roland, drowning the noise.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I glanced at his daughter: she hung on him with a drowning look.The Greater Inclination
- to die or kill by immersion in liquid
- (tr) to destroy or get rid of as if by submerginghe drowned his sorrows in drink
- (tr) to drench thoroughly; inundate; flood
- (tr sometimes foll by out) to render (a sound) inaudible by making a loud noise
Word Origin and History for drowning
c.1300, transitive and intransitive, perhaps from an unrecorded derivative word of Old English druncnian (Middle English druncnen) "be swallowed up by water" (originally of ships as well as living things), probably from the base of drincan "to drink."
Modern form is from northern England dialect, probably influenced by Old Norse drukna "be drowned." Related: Drowned; drowning.